Buying a Porsche 911, 964, 993, 996, 911 Turbo,
Carrera 2 or 911 Carrera 4 ?
For those of you looking to buy a Porsche I have produced my own Guides available here by download.
My experience and advice comes from having listened to hundreds of customers who were looking to purchase a used Porsche, often for the first time, plus the hundreds of used Porsche that I bought, sold, inspected, tested and often rejected, year in year out. So I am not a website specialist, I am a Porsche specialist, which will help explain the mistakes I am sure to have made on the site!
Buying a used Porsche is an important decision, one which many folk dream about but relatively few will ever realise that dream. I hope I can help you fulfil yours better.
The Porsche 911 is unique and always has been. It's designed with a special philosophy in mind. That is to provide the pure enjoyment of driving.
One of the best qualities of all 911 is that the driver can enjoy the process of driving whatever the road conditions, unlike some sports cars, you do not need to be driving flat out to get pleasure from one of these cars.
The touch, feel and the feedback give confidence, you will feel especially in tune with the machine and environment. Whereas many modern cars try to insulate the driver from the action of driving - not the 911. The 911 includes you and the more miles you cover, the better you will appreciate it's depth of ability.
Better to look at then drive? Not a 911. A Porsche should be durable, it must work, in all conditions without being temperamental. Porsche means lasting quality...these are not 'throw away' cars. There are many Porsche 911 that have covered massive mileage and brought their owner immense pleasure, how about the 1964 Porsche 356 that a chap bought in 1975 and used as his daily driver...now with over 500,000miles on it. Here in the UK a Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Clubsport now with over 400,000 miles. Although I have bought Porsche with ultra low miles on them there is something great about one that has been used like this.
Buying a Porsche takes care, the older the Porsche the more care should be taken. It's possible to find 20 year old 911 that still retain the vast majority of the qualities that were with the car when new....and you can enjoy them for a fraction of the price.
Beware the pretty face...most Porsche 911 will look good and passion often clouds judgement......
You can be fussy. Do not assume that a second-hand Porsche is fine simply because its better than the average used car of that age. Most used Porsche will look nice, be careful to find one that is genuinely in the right condition for you.
Take your time, enjoy the search for your Porsche 911 or Boxster and the learning process...it's worth it.
Judge the advice you are given carefully. 99% of the male population seem to be able to pass comment on a 911Porsche, often without having ever experienced any real seat time in a 911.
Remember too that most of us we will be driving the Porsche under 'normal' traffic conditions, sometimes fast, sometimes slow. Therefore it's more important that you can enjoy your Porsche for the majority of the miles you drive, not just the fraction of the time you can rip up the asphalt, so whether it does 0-60 in 5.5 or 5.6 seconds is largely irrelevant.........
A good Porsche 911 will be happy to potter through town, take a turn at the race track or tour long distances swiftly and comfortably, you can leave it outside in the rain and still expect it to work in the morning.
Depreciation. Most good things cost us money, but a Porsche 911 traditionally has a mild depreciation curve. In fact some models, such as the eighties 911 3.2 Carrera, 964 RS, 993 RS have risen over the last 5 years. All good air cooled Porsche have a very strong following Worldwide.
Even so, surely the purpose of owning a Porsche should be for the pure enjoyment rather than investment value. When all is said and done, if you really enjoy your Porsche 911, any depreciation will be forgotten.
The majority of the information on my site is free. The Porsche buyers guides you need to pay for. They are not the cheapest Porsche 911 Buyers Guides, but I believe contain better, real world, practical and detailed information than any others I have read...and I read most everything Porsche.....Click on the image of the guide to select, you can download immediately using our secure server.
Enjoy my site and feel free to mail me any comments, suggestions or Porsche related stories, articles, tips or links that would be good for other enthusiasts.
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